2020 KTM Duke 200 Review
Bike Tested: 2020 KTM Duke 200; Road Test No. 1188; Test Location: Pune
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 2,03,855/-
KTM Duke 200 set a benchmark for 200cc performance naked motorcycles
The KTM Duke 200 – an unapologetic, bright, loud, fast and frantic motorcycle to come to India. KTM’s stepping stone in the Indian market was the Duke 200 and after 8 years it has finally got a comprehensive update. The motorcycle looks new, retains the same motor while being priced absurdly high it is finally here. Back in the time the KTM Duke 200 set benchmarks and with the few updates over the years it lost a bit of its frantic nature. As the BS6 update is here too, we are here to find out if the chances are good or has it become mellow?
Motor Quest: The first motorcycle after the KTM-Bajaj partnership was the Duke 200. It was launched in the year 2012. There were quite a few updates over the years like BS4, new graphics, the introduction of ABS and a lot more. But a major change has happened in the year 2020 including the BS6 engine update.
Styling – After a lifetime the KTM Duke 200 has finally got some new looks. But if you are very familiar with the looks of KTM motorcycles, the Duke 200 looks exactly like the Duke 250. For a fact, the dimensions of the Duke 200 and 250 are exactly the same too. It gets the same new-gen halogen headlight with the sharp body panels and a larger fuel tank. The condition here is more like a Duke 250 now fitted with a Duke 200’s engine. There are some more changes that can be seen like the side-mounted exhaust is replaced by an underbelly exhaust. The belly pan is different as the exhaust is routed from the front instead. The Duke 200 gets all-new colours and graphics unlike the 250 but it is the same orange and black combination with white colour as another option. The grab-rail is larger and an all-new unit which looks rigid and functional.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The instrument clusters on the Duke 200 and 250 were similar and same is the case here. It displays the exact same information as before but it has become visually smaller as the rubber cover from the top is gone. There is however additional information added which is primarily for the ABS status. The switchgear is the same as before with the same piano black finish on the switches. The quality seems to be lacking as there is a bit of cost-cutting around. The ignition key has also been taken from the 250 which is more towards the tank rather than the handlebar itself.